Red Deer Mounties make large cocaine seizure

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
January 12, 2018 - 10:54am

Red Deer RCMP say they've made their largest cocaine bust in recent memory.

Mounties began their investigation on Dec. 8 which culminated in the arrest of a man in a north Red Deer parking lot on Jan. 4. A warrant was executed at the man's Highland Green residence at about 11:30 a.m. the same day.

Seized from the home was 37 ounces of cocaine, along with paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.

“RCMP officers seized about 1,040 grams, much of it packed into one-ounce packages, and when you consider that a gram of cocaine contains about five individual doses, we took a lot of drugs off the streets last week,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “The amount of cocaine we seized could equal between 5,200 and 15,000 individual doses, depending on how a dealer cut it with other filler.”

Chuot Le, 57, faces a charge of possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 18.

“Alongside all the addiction issues, the drug trade brings violence, weapons, home invasions and property crime into the community,” Grobmeier adds. “By attacking the drug trade, we are working to reduce crimes of all types in Red Deer and area.”

If you have information about this or any drug trafficking investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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